NBCUniversal International Television Distribution

Sky Vision formally shuttered after NBCUniversal transfer

Distributor and producer Sky Vision has formally ended operations following its parent company’s acquisition by Comcast-backed NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal (NBCU) Global Distribution has incorporated Sky Vision’s sales arm while its deficit funding and production interests, which include Bake Off creator Love Productions, have been moved to the recently formed Sky Studios. The changes, which were first […]

NBCU Intn’l, RTL, TF1 order first procedural

The international production arm of NBCUniversal and European powerhouse broadcasters RTL Deutschland and TF1 have greenlit Gone, the first international procedural resulting from the trio’s drama deal. The series will be based on the Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick and run to twelve one-hour episodes. Chris Noth, star of juggernaut US procedural Law & Order, […]

Global stocks up on US series for new season

Shaw-owned Canadian net Global has bought a slew of new US series for its fall schedule. The free-TV broadcaster has acquired ten big-ticket dramas that launched at the LA Screenings last month, including Supergirl and movie reboots Limitless and Minority Report. The net has struck deals with several of the US majors to secure the […]

LA Screenings: NBCUniversal

Belinda Menendez, president, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution & Universal Networks International NBCUniversal’s sales chief tells TBI about the programmes on the Hollywood studio’s slate this year at the LA Screenings.   TBI: There seems to be a wide selection of comedies on the NBCU slate this year. BM: We really like to focus on placing […]

LA Screenings 2015: Puppet masters

Muppets, medics and movie characters will be filling US network schedules over the next year. Jesse Whittock examines the trends, and what this means for buyers at the LA Screenings Over the next US broadcast season, audiences will finally learn the backstory of the Muppets. They will also be introduced to the latest contenders vying […]

Downton Abbey constructed on Amazon

Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Downton Abbey, Turn and The Red Road among others. Seasons 1-4 of period drama Downton have been taken from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, while seasons 1-2 of spy drama Turn, gritty cop drama The Red Road and personal computer boom drama Halt […]

NBC straps in for Apocalypse Slough

US broadcaster NBC is on board Sky1’s upcoming end-of-times comedy-drama Apocalypse Slough. NBC involvement as a co-commissioner came in a Sky1 announcement that revealed US stars Rob Lowe (The West Wing), Jenna Fischer (The American Office) and Megan Mullaley (Will and Grace) were among the leads cast. The 10x60mins series comes from NBCU-owned Working Title […]

USA Networks ends Covert Affairs

NBCUniversal’s cable channel USA Network has cancelled spy series Covert Affairs after five seasons. The US net cited low ratings as the reason behind axing the Piper Perabo-fronted drama, which NBCUniversal International Television Distribution sells on the global market. While season one rated well in 2010 ­– coming close to five million viewers on debut […]

Downton, Mr Selfridge enter Mongolia

ITV’s British period dramas Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge are headed into Mongolia following deals secured by a local broadcaster. Mongol TV has bought Downton (pictured) from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Mr Selfridge from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The channel, which has been a consistent buyer of Western scripted content after overhauling its programming […]

NBCU strikes Polish free-to-air deal

Polish broadcaster Telewizja Puls has struck a programming deal with NBCUniversal that gives it a raft of the studio’s TV and film content. TV Puls, which said this it the biggest studio deal it has agreed, will put out the NBCU content on its TV Puls and Puls 2 channels. The deal covers current and […]